Although Leeds United’s signing of Kiko Casilla in January created a lot of buzz amongst their supporters, it could be argued that their other acquisition during the transfer window could end up being a fantastic move by director of football Victor Orta.
Having been impressed by Mateusz Bogusz’s performances for Polish side Ruch Chorzow, the Spaniard decided to swoop for the 17-year-old after consulting with Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa.
Since making the switch to West Yorkshire, the midfielder has established himself as a key player for the club’s under-23 side and played a defining role in helping them win the Professional Development League North title in March.
Despite being made to wait for his first-team debut by Bielsa, it is surely only a matter of time before Bogusz is given the opportunity to prove himself for Leeds having been included in all four of their previous match-day squads.
An outstanding talent, the fact that Premier League champions Manchester City were reportedly interested in bringing the midfielder to the Etihad Stadium (via HITC) suggests that he has all the ingredients needed to become a superstar for Leeds in the future.
Speaking about Bogusz’s qualities to Polish news outlet Przeglad Sportowy, Citizens’ scout Jakub Bokiej admitted: “Mateusz, despite his young age, is so intelligent and technically developed that he often avoids contact with his opponent without losing the ball thanks to good ball control or directional admission.
You can also see that he has made enormous physical progress in the last 3-4 months,”
“Leeds United is currently the perfect place to grow.
“A great training centre, a coach with whom many players from the world leaders and two Poles would like to work – Mateusz Klich and Kamil Miazek, thanks to whom Bogusz’ acclimatisation has been optimal.
I can only regret that he did not go to Manchester City.”
With the likes of Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton benefitting significantly over the past 10 months from Bielsa’s willingness to place his trust in Leeds’ younger players, Bogusz will be looking to follow in their footsteps next season.
Already capped at under-19 level by Poland, the midfielder could end up outshining his team-mates over the coming years if he manages to stay on the right path for the Whites.
What do you think Leeds fans? Does Bogusz deserve the chance to impress next season? Or will he benefit more from playing under-23 football in the upcoming campaign? Let us know below.
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